Phew! That was the most difficult section, so far. I just finished chapter 20 a couple of days ago. I got hit by two different forces at the same time, which both made my writing per day less than I wanted. First off, all of these chapters were hard to write for different reasons. Two of them were for one character, and those scenes were incredibly emotional and tragic. The first major deaths in the series occurred. Since the scenes need to be serious, it was important to take it slow so when I return to them for revision I can get in the right mood.
Two other chapters were hard to write because my outlines for them were vague, so I had to improvise more than usual. And for another chapter, I ended up changing something significant. A strange person that some of my characters meet randomly is now going to travel with them for a short while instead of being left behind. It’s going to make for more excitement, plus space to develop understanding of one race. Sometimes I am forgetting that even though I have written the world building information out in my outlines and even some of it on this blog, that, whoops!, it needs to be put into the book, too. My bad.
The second thing holding it back was me simply being a little busier these past weeks. Therefore I have been writing less per day, and as I said above, each moment spent writing went slower, as is. Not ideal, but whatever. Anyway, that’s why these five chapters took almost a month to complete.
The overall theme for these five chapters, if I had to choose one, would be sorrow. The two deaths were brutal, just brutal, but it had to be done to justify one character’s future motives and choices. I will be writing a post soon on how that character killing experience went. **shivers**
I’m not going to write a small summary of each of the five chapters as I have been doing with these journal entries. We are now entering the realm where doing so would mean spoilers. If there’s anything I hate, it’s spoilers. Yet I will still be adding the character clouds because they look nice, and right now most of the names mean very little to anyone but myself. I will, however, be discontinuing the aggregate character cloud at the bottom of these posts.
Thank you for reading!
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